Sunday, January 21, 2018

NCC-Mac January 2018 Meeting Announcement

The first meeting of 2018 of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, January 25, 3:30 PM at the Langlois Library. (New time; same station)

This month's show-and-tell is an inexpensive iOS-compatible hardware device, followed up with a potentially useful application that's not quite ready for prime time.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Selected Apple Software Updates from December 2017


More details…
iOS 11.2

iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.
Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri

Other improvements and fixes
Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
Improves video camera stabilization
Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
Improves stability in Calendar
Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 
tvOS 11.2

tvOS 11.2 Adds Sports to the TV App, Advanced Settings for Apple TV 4K
Apple has released tvOS 11.2 for the fourth-generation Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K. You can update your Apple TV by going to Settings > System > Software Updates.

Home theater enthusiasts who own the Apple TV 4K will be pleased to hear that tvOS 11.2 offers new dynamic range and frame rate matching settings for that model under Settings > Video and Audio > Match Content. You can turn on Match Dynamic Range and/or Match Frame Rate to have the Apple TV 4K match the original dynamic range or frame rate of the content you are watching, instead of upscaling the content to the maximum your television set supports.
Xcode 9.2
Dec 04 '17
Mac OS Developer Tools

What's New
Xcode 9.2 includes Swift 4 and SDKs for iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

• Updates to the latest platform SDKs
• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
Apple TV Remote 1.2.2
Dec 04 '17
iOS Universal Entertainment

What's New
This update includes bug fixes.
GarageBand 2.3.2
Dec 05 '17
iOS Universal Music

What's New
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
watchOS 4.2

This update contains new features, improvements, and bug fixes
Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay Cash in Messages or by asking Siri (US only)
Adds support for HomeKit sprinklers and faucets in Home
Adds support for a new workout type for third-party apps to track distance, average speed, number of runs, and elevation descended for downhill snow sports with Apple Watch Series 3
Resolves an issue where Apple Watch would sometimes restart when asking Siri about the weather
Fixes an issue where scrolling was disabled in Heart Rate for some users
Resolves an issue that prevented simultaneous timers or alarms from being dismissed independently

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/HT201222 
macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.

This update:

    • Improves compatibility with certain third-party USB audio devices
    • Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview
    • Improves compatibility of Braille displays with Mail

For more information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222

This update is recommended for all Macs running macOS High Sierra 10.13.1. For all other systems running macOS High Sierra, please install 10.13.2 via Mac App Store Software Updates.​

Post Date: Dec 6, 2017

File Size: 2.08 GB

System Requirements
This update is recommended for all Macs running macOS High Sierra 10.13.1. For all other systems running macOS High Sierra, please install 10.13.2 via Mac App Store Software Updates.​
Security Update 2017-002 macOS Sierra

Security Update 2017-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of macOS.

For more information on the security content of this update see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

Post Date: Dec 6, 2017

File Size: 765.6 MB

System Requirements
macOS Sierra v10.12.6
Security Update 2017-005 El Capitan
Released December 6, 2017

Security Update 2017-005 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.
For more information. On the security content of this update see http:/support apple.com/kb/HT201222.
Apple Store 4.4
Dec 06 '17
iOS Universal Shopping

What's New
- Various improvements and performance enhancements.
iTunes 12.7.2

The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. For more information, please see https://support.apple.com/HT208075.
  
Post Date: Dec 6, 2017

System Requirements
Hardware:

    • Mac computer with an Intel processor

    • To play 720p HD video, an iTunes LP, or iTunes Extras, a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor is required

    • To play 1080p HD video, a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor and 2GB of RAM is required

    • Screen resolution of 1024x768 or greater; 1280x800 or greater is required to play an iTunes LP or iTunes Extras

    • Internet connection to use Apple Music, the iTunes Store, and iTunes Extras

    • Apple combo drive or SuperDrive to create audio, MP3, or back-up CDs; some non-Apple CD-RW recorders may also work. Songs from the Apple Music catalog cannot be burned to a CD

Software:

    • OS X version 10.10.5 or later

    • 400MB of available disk space

    • Apple Music, iTunes Store, and iTunes Match availability may vary by country

    • Apple Music trial requires sign up
Safari 11.0.2
Released December 6, 2017
The Safari 110.2 update is recommended for all OS XE Capitan & Sierra users and contains bugfixes and security improvements.
For detailed information on the security content of this update, please Visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.
Clips 2.0.1
Dec 07 '17
iOS Universal Photography

What's New
• Fixes an issue in which Selfie Scenes on iPhone X may not rotate when Location Services are disabled
Apple TV 1.2.3
Dec 08 '17
iOS Universal Entertainment

What's New
• General updates and enhancements including landscape view on iPhone.
AirPort Base Station Firmware Updates 7.6.9 and 7.7.9

Apple has released firmware updates for AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac Wi-Fi (the tower-like models receive Firmware Update 7.7.9), as well as older AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule models with 802.11n Wi-Fi (Firmware Update 7.6.9). Both updates patch the KRACK exploit (see “Wi-Fi Security Flaw Not As Bad As It’s KRACKed Up To Be,” 17 October 2017), improving the handling of state transitions to prevent reusing a nonce (aka, Number ONCE, an arbitrary number that can only be used once) in WPA multicast/GTK clients. Update 7.7.9 also addresses a memory corruption issue that enabled an attacker within range to be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip. You must update your AirPort base station using AirPort Utility on your Mac or an iOS device with the free AirPort Utility app installed (the download isn’t available via the Apple Support Web page or Software Update). (Free, release notes for 7.6.9, release notes for 7.7.9)
iOS 11.2.1

iOS 11.2.1 fixes bugs including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app.
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222 
tvOS 11.2.1

Released December 13, 2017
HomeKit
Available for: Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation)
Impact: A remote attacker may be able to unexpectedly alter application state
Description: A message handling issue was addressed with improved input validation.
Apple Support 2.0.1
Dec 14 '17
iOS Universal Utilities

What's New
Performance improvements and bug fixes

Sunday, December 24, 2017

NCC-Mac December 2017 Non-Meeting Non-Announcement

As is usual this time of year, there is no NCC-Mac meeting in December. If everything goes OK, our next meeting is 3:30 PM, January 25, 2018 at the Langlois Library. Yes, you read that right: 3:30 PM. The library is now closing an hour earlier than it used to, so the meeting has to start an hour earlier too.
For some reason, there were lots and lots of Software updates in December. Stay tuned for that list in the coming week. Happy [insert favored joyous holiday here] and Happy New Year.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Outline of November 2017 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
HP Printer Drivers v5.1 for OS X
This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X.
For information about supported printer models, see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201465
Post Date: Oct 24, 2017
File Size: 600.1 MB
System Requirements
​OS X Mavericks and later
 
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
Java for OS X 2017-001
Java for macOS 2017-001 installs the legacy Java 6 runtime for macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra, macOS 10.11 El Capitan, macOS 10.10 Yosemite, macOS 10.9 Mavericks, macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion, and macOS 10.7 Lion.
This package is exclusively intended for support of legacy software and installs the same deprecated version of Java 6 included in the 2015-001, 2014-001, and 2013-005 releases.
Quit any Java applications before installing this update.
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6133  for more details about this update.
See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.
Keep your software up to date. If you need Java, download the latest version of Java for OS X directly from Oracle https://www.java.com
Post Date: Oct 26, 2017
File Size: 63.98 MB
macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update
The macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update improves the security, stability, and reliability of your Mac. 
This update:
    • Adds support for 70 new emoji including food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
    • Fixes a bug where Bluetooth may be unavailable during Apple Pay transactions
    • Improves the reliability of Microsoft Exchange message sync in Mail
    • Fixes an issue where Spotlight may not accept keyboard input
Post Date: Oct 31, 2017
File Size: 2.11 GB
Xcode 9.1
Oct 31 '17
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New
Xcode 9.1 includes Swift 4 and SDKs for iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and macOS High Sierra 10.13
• Fixes an issue in Simulator that impacted the performance of OpenGL ES and maps
• Improves support for iPhone X
• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
Apple TV 1.2.2
Oct 31 '17
iOS Universal Entertainment
What's New
• General updates and enhancements including landscape view on iPhone.
Security Update 2017-004 OS X v10.11.6 El Capitan
Security Update 2017-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X.
For more information on the security content of this update see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.
Post Date: Oct 31, 2017
File Size: 853.6 MB
System Requirements
OS X v11.1.6
Security Update 2017-001 macOS Sierra
Security Update 2017-001 is recommended for all users and improves the security of macOS.
For more information on the security content of this update see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.
Post Date: Oct 31, 2017
File Size: 768.3 MB
System Requirements
macOS Sierra v10.12.6
GarageBand 2.3
Nov 01 '17
iOS Universal Music
What's New
This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
Logic Remote 1.3.3
Nov 01 '17
iOS Universal Music
What's New
• Restores the option to connect your iOS device using a computer-to-computer Wi-Fi network created on your Mac*
• Adds the ability to use a Lightning to USB Cable for wired connection to your Mac**
• Numerous additional stability improvements and bug fixes
*Requires macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 or later
**Requires macOS 10.12.4, iTunes 12.6, and iOS 10.3 or later
iMovie 10.1.8
Nov 01 '17
Mac OS Video
What's New
• Improves overall stability
Apple Store 4.3.1
Nov 01 '17
iOS Universal Shopping
What's New
- It’s now easier than ever to see if the iPhone you want is available at an Apple Store near you.
- You can use Touch ID to securely and conveniently pay for your order with your Apple ID, as well as make changes to account settings.
iOS 11.1
iOS 11.1 introduces over 70 new emoji and includes bug fixes and improvements.
 
Emoji
Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
 
Photos
Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
 
Accessibility
Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
 
Other improvements and fixes
Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch
 
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
watchOS 4.1
New features, improvements, and bug fixes include:
Stream music on Apple Watch Series 3 with Apple Music or iCloud Music Library
Listen to live radio on Beats 1, custom stations, and expert-curated stations with the new Radio app on Apple Watch Series 3
Use Siri to find, discover, and play songs, playlists, or albums
Sync fitness data with GymKit-enabled treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers, and indoor bikes for more accurate distance, pace, and energy burn metrics
Ability to disconnect from a Wi-Fi network in Control Center for Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)
Fixes an issue for Apple Watch Series 1 and later where Heart Rate notifications were delivered when the feature was not enabled
Fixes an issue where some users did not receive Stand Reminders
Resolves an issue where the current Stand hour indicator did not appear for some users
Resolves an issue that was caused haptics to not be delivered for silent alarms
Addresses an issue that prevented Apple Watch (1st generation) from charging for some users
Resolves an issue where the Sunrise / Sunset complication would sometimes not appear
Restores Mandarin as the default dictation language for China
 
Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: https://www.apple.com/watchos/feature-availability/
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/HT201222
tvOS 11.1
This update includes general performance and stability improvements and this feature:
• Apple TV app: Now available in Norway and Sweden.
iTunes Movie Trailers 1.4.4
Nov 03 '17
iOS Universal Entertainment
What's New
The latest update includes minor improvements and fixes.
Apple Support 1.2.1
Nov 03 '17
iOS Universal Utilities
What's New
Performance improvements and bug fixes.
iOS 11.1.1
Nov 9, 2017
 
iOS 11.1.1 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad. This update:
Fixes an issue with keyboard auto-correct
Fixes an issue where Hey Siri stops working
 
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
Clips 2.0
Nov 9, 2017
What's New in Version 2.0
Redesigned interface
• Easily navigate through filters, labels, stickers, and emoji in the new Effects browser
• Photo button appears on main capture screen, so you can quickly take a picture at any time
• Tap any filter to see how it looks on your videos and photos before applying it
• Full-screen browsers let you see more of your photo library and posters
• Labeled buttons make it simple to edit Live Titles, add or change filters, trim, mute, and delete
• Updated for Super Retina display on iPhone X
Selfie Scenes on iPhone X
• Uses the True Depth camera on iPhone X to remove your background and place you in animated, 360-degree scenes
• Choose from a dozen scenes including sprawling landscapes, abstract art, and outer space
• Transport yourself aboard the Millennium Falcon or Mega-Destroyer from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• Each scene includes a matching selfie filter that transforms your appearance to make you part of the scene
New stickers and posters
• Add Star Wars characters to your videos with stickers featuring Darth Vader, R2-D2, and more
• Create fun titles with 20 new animated posters, including more than a dozen featuring Star Wars and Mickey and Friends
• Choose from 16 vibrant and retro Apple-designed stickers
New effects and filters
• Choose from four new artistic effects - Watercolor, Charcoal, Sienna, and Indigo - that use advanced style transfer technology to transform images in real time as you record
• Add warmth, impact, or drama to videos and photos with a selection of new filters from the Camera app
• Use effects and filters while recording, or apply them to photos and videos from your library
iCloud support
• Use iCloud to view and edit all your Clips videos on any of your iOS devices
• Start a video on your iPhone and finish it on your iPad
• Support for Shared iPad in classrooms
Additional Features
• Take a photo; apply stickers, filters, and emoji; then share your picture without having to create a video
• Record Live Titles in dozens of different languages without changing the language of your device
• Slide up on the Record button for hands-free continuous recording
• Copy and paste existing clips to reuse them within a video
• Browse and pick from the full set of emoji in the new Effects browser
• Drag and drop stickers, labels, and emoji from the Effects browser to quickly position them on your photos and videos
• Posters are now grouped into categories for easier browsing
• Choose from 21 new royalty-free soundtracks from indie artists such as DIV, Elohim, Cherry Glazerr, and Mark Mothersbaugh
• Use 3D Touch on Clips app icon to quickly create a new video from Home screen on iPhone
*iPhone 7 or later or 2017 iPad Pro required for some filters
GarageBand 2.3.1
Nov 9, 2017
iOS Universal Music
What's NeW:
This update contains stability improvements and bugfixes.
Pages 3.3.1
Nov 09 '17
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Numbers 3.3.1
Nov 09 '17
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Keynote 3.3.1
Nov 09 '17
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Pages 6.3.1
Nov 09 '17
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Numbers 4.3.1
Nov 09 '17
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Keynote 7.3.1
Nov 09 '17
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
iOS 11.1.2
Nov 16 '17
iOS 11.1.2 includes bug fixes for your iPhone and iPad. This update:
Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop
Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X
 
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
WWDC 6.0.3
Nov 16 '17
iOS Universal Reference
What's New
This update includes support for iOS 11 and iPhone X, as well as fixes for downloading videos and viewing photos.
Apple Support 2.0
Nov 29 '17
iOS Universal Utilities
What's New
Performance improvements and bug fixes
Security Update 2017-001
Released November 29, 2017
Directory Utility
Available for: macOS High Sierra 10.13.1
Not impacted: macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and earlier 
Impact: An attacker may be able to bypass administrator authentication without supplying the administrator’s password
Description: A logic error existed in the validation of credentials. This was addressed with improved credential validation.
CVE-2017-13872
When you install Security Update 2017-001 on your Mac, the build number of macOS will be 17B1002. Learn how to find the macOS version and build number on your Mac.
If you require the root user account on your Mac, you will need to re-enable the root user and change the root user's password after this update. 
The next meeting will be held Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
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